Two-day international film festival set

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013


THE Zamboanga International Film Festival kicks off Friday at the selected theaters at the Mindpro shopping mall in this city.

Now on its third year of presentation, the film festival which is set to end Saturday, is part of the activities for the 76th Dia de Zamboanga celebration.

Zamboanga City will be celebrating the 76th Dia de Zamboanga (Chartered Day) anniversary on Tuesday, February 26.

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It is a joint undertaking of the City Government and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

Mayor Celso Lobregat said on Wednesday that the two day film fest will feature classic Filipino and foreign films to be shown for free to the public at Mindpro Cinema 1 and Cinema 3.

Lobregat said Cinema 1 will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Friday for the free screening of Filipino films, which include “Walay Tumoy na Punterya” (R13) “Qiyamah” (PG), “Chasing Fireflies” (R13), “Anac ti Pating” (PG) and “Ang Mga Kidnapper ni Ronnie Lazaro” (PG).

On the same day at 10 a.m. Cinema 3 will start the continuous screening for foreign films, including “Un Cuento Chino” (PG), “Miranda Regresa” (PG), “Trabajando con la Muerte” (R13), “Silencio En La Nieve” (R13) and “Habana Eva” (R13).

On Saturday, Cinema 1 will open at 9:30 a.m. for the free public screening of “Anac ti Pating” (PG), “Malan” (R13), “Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin” (PG), “Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok” (PG), “Huling Biyahe” (R13) and “Qwerty” (R13).

At 10 a.m. on the same day, Cinema 3 will start the public screening of foreign films “Silenco en la Nieve” (PG), “Trabajando con la Muerte” (R13), “Un Cuento Chino” (PG), “Venezzia” (R13) and “No Habra Paz para Los Malvados” (R18).

Lobregat said Zamboanga City is proud to partner with the FDCP in holding the International Film Festival in line with the commitment to help create a platform to showcase great short films, promote and stimulate local film making.

Lobregat said one of the results of staging the film fest is the soon to be established Zamboanga Cinematech, which recently broke ground at Barangay Sta. Barbara, by the FDCP and the City Government.

He said the staging of the film fest also serves as cultural exchange between the Philippines and the sponsoring countries like Spain and France, where Filipino films are also shown on special events. (Bong Garcia)

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